Cliff Lee faces hitters for the first time since July

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Cliff Lee threw batting practice to various Phillies teammates today, facing live hitters for the first time since being shut down with an elbow injury in July.

Trade rumors figure to begin swirling again as soon as Lee shows that he’s healthy and it’s possible the Phillies may want to move him quickly rather than risking another injury sidelining the 36-year-old former Cy Young winner.

He’s owed $25 million this season and $27.5 million or a $12 million buyout for 2016, and Lee pitched well last season before the elbow problems derailed things.